NEWSLETTER

 May 2018

 Happy Mother's Day!

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

"Nothing is really lost until mom can't find it.”  

 

OTTAWA REUNION:

Arrangements for the Ottawa Reunion in June of 2019 are going well. As of this date we have 75 attendees registered. Those of you who receive the newsletter by email can read the names of the ladies who have already registered. If you register online, your name will go in the list, then you and your friends can see each other. 

We have heard that some of you are waiting for specific people to sign up before registering. We encourage you to sign up early so that we can get a better idea of the numbers we will be accomodating. 

The Marriott calendar will have our block of reservations available for booking in late June 2018

For more Reunion 14 information, click here

To access the Reunion 14 Registration form click on the Reunion 14 Registration button on our webpage or to go directly to the registration form, click here

The address to send your deposit is on the top of the regitration page on the website, just click on link above. 

The list of Reunion 14 Attendees is available from the email version of the newsletter only in keeping with the privacy act. The list will be updated as the names are submitted. For more information, contact us here 

 

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Hello Ladies, We have heard that a few of you may be having issues with our newsletter delivery service. Please let us know if you or someone you know is having problems with the emailed copy of the newsletter. Don't forget to check the Junk folder. Contact us here.

Some of the executive committee members had the pleasure of attending local luncheons in April. Tracey Everett and Jackie Sparrow attended the Dartmouth, NS luncheon on the 25th. Leah Mosher went to the Kingston, ON luncheon on the 26th. Many thanks to the organizers for inviting us! It was lovely to meet you and share memories. 

We were able to provide more information regarding the progress of the reunion planning, answer questions and hand out registration forms for those who don't have access to the internet.

Based on the results of our telephone calls thus far, to update the nominal roll, we have mailed out registration forms to some without email. However, in the meantime, if you can help each other by offering to go online and register someone without computer access, or if you can let us know if someone needs a printed version of the registration form, please contact us here

It was wonderful to note that there was a mix of both original Air Force veterans who were in the RCAF during the 1950s and 60s, and also Airwomen who joined in the 70's, 80's and 90's. We look forward to meeting them again. 

 

STAMP COLLECTING:

Thank you ladies for responding so quickly to our request in the April newsletter.  A voluteer has generously offered to pick up the boxes of stamps from our lady in Niagara Falls and transport them to Ottawa.

To see details about the preparation of the stamps themselves, click here

We donate these stamps to Oxfam Canada. To find out more about Oxfam click here.

WOMEN IN THE NEWS:

Marie Minaker- To read her story click here. 

Chief Warrant Offiicer Dianne Maidment - To read her interview click here

 

YOUR STORIES:

We are hearing some amazing stories from our members. If you would like to share an experience that you had click here. We look forward to hearing from you!


UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS FOR MEMBERS:

The Kingston, NS RCAF Airwomen's group’s next luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Wheaton's in Berwick, at 12 noon.  We welcome newcomers. Click here for contact information.

Our Dartmouth/Halifax group will be getting together on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the True North Restaurant in Bedford at 1:00pm for our monthly luncheon. If anyone is interested in joining our group, please contact Dot Kern via email: dorothyk5944@gmail.com.

We, The RCAF Airwomen's Association of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, hold our luncheons every second Thursday of the month at Tony Roma's in the Westmount Shopping Centre at 12:30 pm. If any Airwomen, retired, active or in the reserve, wishes to join us for lunch, or wishes to join our organization, please call 780-722-0014 to let us know.            Thanks, Isabelle (Issy) McLean, President

At present there are luncheons in London, ON; Kingston, NS; Halifax/Dartmouth, NS; Calgary, AB; and Edmonton, AB. You can find these luncheons in our calendar. For more information click here. If you see any errors in the calendar please contact us here.

Please let us know if you want to invite airwomen in the area to your local luncheon, click here to leave us a message.

If you want to start a luncheon somewhere, let us know. We can put it in the newsletter to let the ladies in the area know about it and you can get in touch with each other to set it up. Remember this organization was started with a couple of friends getting together for lunch. 

 

OTHER EVENTS: 

If you know of any noteworthy events or exibits in your area you think might be of interest, please let us know by contacting us here.


REQUESTS AND COMMENTS:

Denise writes: Regarding hearing loss or tinnitus I have both after 7 years of receiving morse code and loud transmissions from aircrafts...I contacted the Veterans Affairs and was interviewed and turned down many times, I persisted and after 13 years they finally agreed to pay for my hearing aids and I now receive a small monthly compensation...So please tell the ex-airwomen affected by hearing loss to apply and re-apply until they get satifaction. Denise  1953-1960

 

LAST POST:

 

Last Name   

First Name            Maiden Name        Date of Death    Age    City             

   Prov  

Gaudett

Lorna Elva Mattatall  25 Jun 2003 62 Amherst

NS

Gray

Patricia Ginger  11 Feb 2016  82 Cobourg

ON

Marshall

M Irene Marshall 11 Feb 2016 94 Kelowna

BC

Peck 

Valerie Jean "Val" Unknown 12 Mar 2018  83 Summerland

BC

Shymko 

Wanda Lorraine  Card  21 Mar 2014  73 Courtenay

BC


If you have a notification of a member who has died, please let us know here so that we can honour them with an entry in our Last Post. Thank you.


BIRTHDAYS:

A “Very Happy Birthday” to our May Birthday ladies. Click here for the listing.

YOUR COMMITTEE:

Tracey Everett - Chair

Leah Mosher - Vice-Chair/Liaison/Ottawa Contact 

Claire Williams - Treasurer

Jackie Sparrow - Webmaster and data base coordinator